Prep School a Hub of Arts and Creativity
Members of the School community, prospective parents, staff and students were drawn into a hive of music, drama and visual arts at the Prep School this week.
The annual Week of the Arts, which is a celebration of the achievements and creative talents of Prep School boys, is a significant component of the co-curricular programme at the School.
Head of the LW Parry Preparatory School Richard Wright said it had been a culmination of three terms of work for the boys. “The work they have put in has been most impressive. This is an important part of the life of the School – our boys are incredibly creative,” he said.
A number of lunchtime music concerts were held for various year level groups throughout the week. The iMove Physical Theatre Club held an evening of Theatresports to open the Week of the Arts.
Cultural Studies teacher and iMove Co-ordinator Angela Perry said: “The evening was hosted by the Dramatic Arts monitors and Ms Gabrielle Metcalf – the judges, led by Mr Wright, had the difficult task of awarding prizes to individual boys and the overall trophy.”
“There were outstanding individual performances from Gareth Shanthikumar, Cameron Evett, George Richmond, Patrick Fisher, Hunter Jackson and Oscar McMath – the overall trophy was awarded to the ‘Spoofs’ team, led by Sean Wareing, Ellis and Millar Ormonde, Jack Johnson and Hunter Jackson.”
The Arts Odyssey exhibition opening on Wednesday night included music provided by the Concert Band, Rock Band and Yahoos Choir. Andy Warhol inspired paintings, carefully sculpted clay ice cream cones and other wonderful and unusual creations were part of the assortment of works on display at the CLC Library and Reception area.
On Friday, the Prep School Open Day was an opportunity for prospective parents to hear from Mr Wright about the ‘Christ Church experience’. “The culture of the School is one of acceptance, care and compassion – our diversity is our strength and we all have different gifts,” he said, “The Christ Church experience speaks of opportunity, and creativity is a skill in today’s world that is priceless.”
A morning tea was held in the Chapel Sandover Dining Hall for prospective parents and Year 6 and 7 boys conducted tours of the Prep School.